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Horizon Zero Dawn Now Free on PSN April 21, 2021

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In an effort to get people to stay home as the world recovers from its still raging global pandemic, Sony has made the PS4 epic Horizon: Zero Dawn, completely free to purchase digitally off the Playstation Network. You’ll be able to get it between now and April 22nd at 8pm pacific time, so make sure to get it as soon as possible!

To find the game, just do a search for it on the PlayStation Store. The free version does include access to the game’s expansion and other goodies at no additional cost.

Horizon: Zero Dawn is out now on PS4 and PC.

Japan Travel Tips – Things To See April 20, 2021

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Welcome back to another Tuesday for Japan Travel Tips. If you’re unfamiliar with this series, we share with you some of the best independently produced documentaries designed to help international tourists who wish to visit Japan. After surviving 2020, you can be sure I REALLY want to travel, and why not travel to a country that is the birthplace of some of my favorite games of all time?

If you’ve been following this show so far, you’ve already learned how to get around Japan, how to get a place to stay, and how to feed yourself without looking odd. Today, we’re going to give some tips about places to go and sights to see while in Japan ranging from its natural beautiful environment to its unique landmarks. Japan also features two MAJOR theme parks, Universal Studios Japan and the Tokyo Disneyland Resort and we are going to talk about THEM too. The country is ENORMOUS with TONS of things to do, so we’re going to hold off talking about larger sites, and focus on some of the coolest things that can be done while visiting Japan. Just be aware these tips were produced before world events shut down most travel, but we believe it is always useful to see what is out there.

First up, I want to talk about the video that inspired this whole editorial series. For those of you who might be visiting Tokyo, you might be curious about the best things you can do in the site. So first up, we’re going to highlight the famous YouTube Channel Abroad in Japan. In this video, he gives his tips on some of the best places to take a date in Tokyo. I know some of you may travel alone or with platonic friends, but after watching it I can imagine it would be useful for everyone interested in seeing Tokyo’s coolest sights and sounds.

Tokyo isn’t the only major city in Japan, there’s also cities like Osaka, which has a reputation for being a beautiful place to get incredible food. For this video I’m going to highlight the YouTube Channel TokiYuYu, where they show their list of things to do in Osaka and give their best tips for staying in the area.

Since we’re still on the subject of Osaka, one of the biggest tourist sites in the city is Universal Studios Japan. It’s a great park that still offers some of the most beloved classic rides you can’t find at the Universal Parks located in the US. Check out this great look at the park courtesy of Flying the Nest!

Oh and did you know Universal Studios Japan has recently opened a certain LAND…based on a certain…SUPER…game property? The very first Super Nintendo World successfully opened earlier this year at USJ, and it includes two unique rides, a beautiful environment that looks like it was taken right from the games, a restaurant, and a ton of interaction. TDR Explorer did this FANTASTIC look at Super Nintendo World!

If you happen to be a fan of a certain mouse and let’s be honest who isn’t, you probably want to check out the Tokyo Disneyland Resort. While it is smaller than Florida’s Walt Disney World, they have generally been declared some of the finest parks in the entire Disney empire. The rides are great, the parks are beautiful and the food is actually affordable. Paolo from Tokyo shared his best tips and hacks for visiting Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo DisneySEA.

If you plan to stay within the Tokyo Disneyland Resort at one of their hotels, the famous YouTube Channel ReviewTyme, who has made a name for themselves making videos reviews of the biggest theme parks on the planet, did this great video on the Tokyo Disneyland Resort.

What about more natural attractions for people who would like a physical challenge? Would you climb a mountain for a bowl of noodle soup? The adorable AkiDearest is back to do exactly that. She had heard of a famous noodle chef who had his shop located at the end of a mountain hike trail. Could this anime fan make it? Watch and see.

One of the most iconic natural landmarks of Japan is Mount Fuji. Believed to be the home of a supervillain’s volcano lair (Ed Note: citation needed) the mountain is absolutely breathtaking. Hikers from all walks of life have the chance to climb the mountain and take in a view of one of the most breathtaking sunsets on Earth! Here’s YouTuber Sharlmeleon, with her alternate account Sharla in Japan, who made an incredible video about the climb. I’m not much of a hiker, but after watching this video I want to witness it for myself.

Hope you’re liking the series so far. Just be aware we are merely scratching the surface of all the things you can actually do in Japan with these videos. Our intention is to focus on more in depth sites with dedicated articles at a later time. Next week, we’ll be highlighting the Mecca of Otaku. Stay tuned!

Sony Will Continue Running Playstation Store for PS3 and PS Vita April 19, 2021

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Huge announcement today! Sony has decided to reverse course following the extremely negative feedback from their announcement to cease operation on the PS3, PSP and PS Vita digital marketplaces. This would’ve meant hundreds of digital games (including my favorite PS3 digital game, rain) would cease to be accessible following the digital marketplace shutdown.

Today, I’m happy to announce Sony has changed their mind. The PS3 and PS Vita digital marketplace will continue on past Sony’s sunset date. That means you can continue to buy and download everything on those consoles. Personally, I was considering picking up a game or two…I guess I’ll be able to do that now.

Sadly, the PSP marketplace will shut down as planned. My favorite PSP game, Infected by Planet Moon Studios, was never released digitally so I’m kind of torn on this announcement.

Resident Evil Village Playstation Demo Now Preloading April 17, 2021

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A Sony exclusive demo of the next main line Resident Evil game is currently up for download on the PlayStation Store, and players on the PS4 and PS5 can get it right now, provided you have your most recent System Update installed.

The demo is programmed to be time specific and will only begin working later today starting 5PM Pacific time (8PM Eastern). The demo will only work for thirty minutes, so make sure to play as much as you can!

Resident Evil: Village is coming May 7th, 2021 to Stadia, PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox

PS4 Software Update 8.50 Released April 17, 2021

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A REQUIRED update has been released for all PS4 consoles, and gamers will be denied access to the PSN until it is installed. The new update, version 8.50, includes new party chat features alongside the more traditional bug fixes.

We recommend you get the update as soon as possible. It can be downloaded through your console’s system software update feature in the settings menu.

Resident Evil Showcase April 2021 April 15, 2021

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The second Resident Evil Showcase video event has just broadcast, bringing the latest preview of the next Resident Evil game, Resident Evil: Village. If you missed it, you can watch it below.

A series of time limited demos are coming. You’ll be able to play the first hour of the game on your platform of choice between May 1st and May 2nd. Playstation 4 and 5 owners will also have access to preload a 8 hours in Village time limited demo starting today. That demo should go live on April 17th.

Resident Evil Village is coming May 7th, 2021 to the Xbox One, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PC and Stadia.

New Pokemon Snap Overview Trailer April 15, 2021

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We are a little over two weeks away from the release of New Pokémon Snap, and Nintendo has just released a new trailer for the game. More than just showing video about the game, this video is a preview of what you can do in the game. Here’s a closer look at how the game works, and its controls.

New Pokémon Snap is coming April 30th, 2021 exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.

Phantasmagoria 2 Live Q&A April 14, 2021

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The lead actor from the beloved PC horror game Phantasmagoria 2, Paul Stetler, is hosting a live Q&A about his experience with making the game. If you want to check it out you can watch it below.

If you wish to financially support the project, you can check it out on Patreon!

Phantasmagoria 2: A Puzzle of Flesh is out now for PC.

Apple Event April 20th April 13, 2021

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Apple has officially revealed a major event will take place at 10am pacific on April 20th. I guess we will have to wait to see what we are in for. I don’t believe we can expect a major iOS release until a new iPhone is announced, but it is highly likely Apple could preview it at the event.

If the past is anything to go by, it is possible we will see the newest versions of iOS, and announcements of upcoming Apple products.

Japan Travel Tips – How To Eat April 13, 2021

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It’s Tuesday, that means it’s time for a new set of Japan Travel Tips. If you’re unfamiliar with this series, we share with you some of the best independently produced documentaries designed to help international tourists who wish to visit Japan. After surviving 2020, you can be sure I REALLY want to travel, and why not travel to a country that is the birthplace of some of my favorite games of all time?

In previous parts, we’ve helped you land, arrange a hotel, and find your way around the country. Now, we are going to help you eat. The most important thing you should know about food is that in Japan, it’s all around you. At the very least, you can trust the food you find at a local convenience store. However, even I admit that there is far too much to go over when it comes to Japan’s food culture, and because of that I’m only going to be able to talk about the most basic concepts in this part. I promise we will be going more in depth at a later part.

Going out to eat is quite an experience in Japan. Before we get started with what is out there, let’s brush up on table manners. Here’s Paulo from Tokyo to explain some rules for eating at Japanese restaurants.

Now that you’ve brushed up on some dos and don’ts for how to eat in Japan, you’re going to want to know how to place an order if there’s a language barrier between you and your server. Thankfully, Life Where I’m From did a great video where he answered the question, “Can you feed yourself in Japan if you can’t speak the language?” It shows a lot of spots you can get food from, and offers tips on how to place an order. Enjoy.

Now that you have a general idea about how to go about getting food, even if you speak little Japanese, let’s talk about how to get some food in you quickly! Sometimes the fastest and easiest way to get something to eat, especially if you’re on the go, is from a vending machine. There are vending machines for literally EVERYTHING in Japan, and it is very possible to get some food or drinks while on the go. Here’s the Only in Japan channel which should explain vending machines better than I could.

People on a budget who have the ability to cook food at home with them will be happy to know convenience stores like 7-11 are located all over Japan, and their quality is pretty good. If you’d like to know more, Strictly Dumpling did a taste test of some of the food you can find at Lawson and 7-11 stores.

So what can we ascertain from these videos?

  • Keep cash (local currency) on you since many places won’t accept credit/debit
  • It’s probably a good idea to practice with using chopsticks
  • Don’t eat while on the go, sit somewhere to eat whatever you got
  • If you can’t say the word of what you want to eat, pointing to a picture of it works fine
  • Pay at the register and leave money on the register tray, do not hand money directly to the cashier
  • No tipping
  • If eating in a cafeteria type setting, return your plates and trays to where you got them from and dispose of all trash in designated areas.
  • Keep a reusable napkin on yourself
  • IC cards can be used for vending machines but it isn’t guaranteed every machine will accept IC cards. You may need to use coins and bills to pay for vending

We intend to focus on a more in-depth discussion of food at a later time. Those of you hoping we would talk about sushi or ramen should stay tuned for a later article where we talk about them further! Depending on the hotel you’re staying at, certain meals during the day could be prepared for you (and in the event that happens please don’t forget to notify the hotel of any food allergies you have in advance). In the event you have a complete menu of pre-arranged meals set up with your hotel, you will be just fine.

Hope you’re all enjoying the series so far. Japan is vast with not just a wide range of culinary options but with countless entertainment opportunities. Next time we’ll be scratching the surface on some of the best places to visit throughout the country!